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The Voice Episode: "The Blind Auditions, Part 2"

Season 2, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: The blind auditions continue.
Original Air Date: Feb 6, 2012

The Voice: The Claws Come Out During the Blind Auditions Season 2, Episode 2

The Voice kicks off its first two-hour episode with a rocking Prince medley performance by the four coaches including classics like "Little Red Corvette" and "Kiss." Best style choice? Cee Lo's full red glitter robe. Worst? Christina's spiked tiara. Sorry, girl.

First up is a guy-girl country duo called The Line. They do an alright job with "American Girl," but neither voice is particularly strong on its own and the harmonies should be tighter. All four coaches push their buttons, and Adam says he loves both singers' voices and wants to get in on the fun. Blake tries to play the Miranda card, but Christina wins out by mentioning Blake sent home a duo last year. Can you believe that really worked? Blake theorizes they were fooled by flash and boobs.

Carson pulls the sneak attack when presenting The Voice envelope to Jamar Rogers, a former crystal meth addict who is HIV positive from his years of drug use. His decision to audition with a White Stripes song is pretty head-turning, but his limited range only turns Cee Lo's chair around before the end of the song. Jamar has potential but also has a lot of work to do, but he seems very excited to work with his idol, Cee Lo, who says Jamar has style and charisma. Insert shot of Cee Lo talking to the camera with a fluffy white cat (Purrfect the Cat, FTW) in his arms, Dr. Evil-style.

Judging from his deep speaking voice, Neal Middleton sounds like he's got the goods. He performs a very rock-heavy interpretation of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." His vocals are a little too standard scream-y and none of the coaches push their buttons. Christina says she would've liked more range.

The stakes are slightly higher for Gwen Sebastian, who chose music over starting a family. She sings "Stay," and at first her vocals sound way too nasal-y, but she has the ability to reign in her voice and go smaller when others might more obviously go bigger. All the boys eventually turn their chairs. Blake comments on how professional she sounds, and Adam asks her to pick him and go with the less obvious choice of coach. Alas, her heart is country and now, she says, a member of Team Blake.

The minute Pamela Rose opens her mouth to sing "Already Gone," its clear the show's producers are pulling a gotcha. She's pretty! She cries! But, wait for it, her voice is very far from extraordinary. She misses a few important high notes, gets really pitchy towards the end and doesn't get anyone to turn around. Have fun at the karaoke bar!

Struggling singer Kim Yarbrough is 50 and has been trying to make it in the business for over than 30 years. She makes one heck of an entrance with the song, "Tell Me Something Good," but she's almost too all over the place trying to show off her impressive range at the beginning. She eventually finds her rhythm and runs with it. Cee Lo is having a little too much in his chair, but it's Adam and Christina who press their buttons. Blake definitely has his bro's back and tries to tell her to pick Adam, and both he and Christina say she can do anything. She picks Team Adam.

Angie Johnson was recruited by Carson when he saw a video of her in uniform (she's done seven tours overseas) performing Adele. She starts out shaky on "Heartbreaker" but she's got the enormous presence needed for this song and nails the long high note at the end. Carson is emotionally invested, yelling at the screen during the performance. Cee Lo listens, and is the sole coach to press his button.

Dez Duron took a semester off from playing football at Yale to audition for The Voice. Unfortunately, "I Want It That Way" is a let-down: he's pitchy and can't hit the all-important high notes in this song. No one claims him, but an angry Christina tries to push her button retroactively once she sees how "adorable" he is. 

Lindsey Pavao says she plays violin and likes Fiona Apple a lot, but she's got a lot of nerves since she's not used to big crowds. She definitely wins for weirdest song choice of the night, with the radio-friendly hip-hop jam "Say Aah." Her voice is extremely unique and instantly memorable, i.e. Regina Spektor or Xenia from Season 1. Blake says he loves her voice and Christina baits the boys by saying she wants to "play with" her voice. Out of all four coaches, Lindsey picks her side-swept hair sister, Christina, after she turned around first.

Between Katy Perry and The Warblers, "Teenage Dream" may be too memorable for a new artist to take on unless they really mix it up. However, Hoja Lopez's biggest problem is her nerves and she fails to get any of the coaches to turn around.

Whatever coach gets Jermaine Paul has their work cut out for them. He's toured around the world as a back-up singer for Alicia Keys and is ready to go out on his own. After getting a special video message from Keys herself, he performs Avril Lavigne's "Complicated," and tries — maybe a little too hard — to stand out. His over-singing goes from annoying to unbearable and unlistenable from the beginning to the end. The cocky Jermaine makes Cee Lo and Blake work way too hard to get him, asking why Blake didn't press his button sooner and who "needs" him as opposed to simply "wants" him. Good grief, this guy makes everything way too difficult. He picks Team Blake, and here's hoping the country crooner can teach this boy some humility.

 Really, Adele? Is that a good idea, Angel Taylor? It's a mystery to me why anyone picks a song where the bar is already set so friggin' high. It takes a little while, but she is able to make the song her own. At times, she lacks the vocal power necessary to really deliver, but her pitch is at least consistent. Adam and Blake both turn around. Adam says he wanted to be the first to turn around. Blake says he doesn't know what he can do to help her, but he wants to try. It doesn't hurt that Angel says she has a huge crush on him. However, Adam, again, flaunts his winning track record and Angel picks him.

So what you did think of the second round of blind auditions? Who were your favorite and least favorite singers? Do you think everyone chose the right coaches? Sound off on the episode in the comments below!

 

 

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The Voice kicks off its first two-hour episode with a rocking Prince medley performance by the four coaches including classics like "Little Red Corvette" and "Kiss." Best style choice? Cee Lo's full red glitter robe. Worst? Christina's spiked tiara. Sorry, girl.

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